From 1 July, passengers flying out of Changi Airport will have to pay SGD13.30 (approx RM40) more in airport fees, bringing the current SGD34 departure charges to a total of SGD47.30 (approx RM141)
The SGD13.30 increase in departure fees comprises a new Airport Development Levy of SGD10.80 and an SGD2.50 increase in the existing Passenger Service and Security Fee for departing travellers, according to a report in Channel NewsAsia which cited the Transport Ministry and Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
More importantly, the SGD2.50 increase in Passenger Service and Security Fee will keep increasing by every year until 2024. The next increase will kick in from 1 April 2019. By 1 April 2024, the total departure fee for passengers departing from Changi Airport will go up to SGD62.30 (approx RM186).
Transit passengers will also be charged an extra SGD3, bringing the total service and security fee to SGD9 (approx RM27). This will form part of the ticket price and will be reflected on passengers' tickets.
According to CAAS D-G Kevin Shum, the increase in airport fee is to ensure that "Singapore remains the premier air hub for the region"
"Changi East is our investment to secure Singapore's future.
"We need to cater to increasing air traffic as Singaporeans travel more. At the same time, we want to plug into the growth of the region. That is why we are doing all of these to ensure that Singapore remains the premier air hub for the region."
Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan, meanwhile, said that while the Government will be the main funder, airport users like airlines and passengers will also have to do their part for the project
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